Tenants

New Report Shows Illegal Airbnb Rentals Overtaking NYC Housing Market

A report by MFY Legal Services an Housing Conservation Coordinators shows that Airbnb rentals are having a disastrous impact on NYC’s housing market and significantly contributing to the decrease in affordable units, especially in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  More than half of Airbnb’s lists are illegal under city housing law, and 30% of listings are controlled …

SRO Hotel Fined for Illegal Rentals

An upper West Side Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel was fined $65,000 for continuing to offer short-term stays to tourists in violation of a March court ruling that forbade it. Under the law, SROs cannot rent rooms for less than 30 days. MFY Legal Services has taken a leading role in the fight against illegal …

Harassment by Construction: Crown Heights Tenants Fight Back

Represented by MFY Legal Services, tenants in a Crown Heights building filed suit against their  landlord on June 7, 2016, demanding an end to almost two years of unbearable living conditions. Tenants say the landlord began a gut renovation in February 2015 without proper building permits. Tenants have lived through periods with no heat or …

MFY Works with City Council to Rein In Abusive Three-Quarter Houses

MFY Legal Services joined three-quarter house residents and City Council members on the steps of City Hall on April 20, 2016 to draw attention to a package of bills that will require more public information on the three-quarter houses, prevent landlords from requiring tenants to attend specific substance-abuse programs or get physicals from certain doctors, …

MFY Supports Council Bills to Prevent Tenant Displacement & Harassment

MFY Legal Services attorney Tangier Harper testified today at a NYC Council hearing in support of four bills that will help to prevent tenant displacement and harassment. Ms. Harper cited the case of Bronx tenants who were compelled to vacate their building after a fire. The landlord made no repairs until forced to do so …

Victory for SRO Residents

MFY joined with other advocates in submitting an amicus brief supporting the city’s position that Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels must rent rooms for a minimum of one month. On March 17, 2016 the appeals court ruled in the city’s favor in a case involving the 227-room Imperial Court Hotel in Manhattan, which had been …

MFY Helps Bronx Teens Debate NYCHA Rules

MFY Supervising Attorney Leah Goodridge joined forces with City Council Member Vanessa Gibson to conduct a “Youth Court” for 50 Bronx teens who debated NYCHA’s policy of evicting entire families if one household member is arrested for a drug-related offense. See NY1’s coverage of the event.

City Limits Highlights MFY’s Battle with Bushwick Landlord

MFY’s lawsuit on behalf of tenants at 159 Suydam Street in Brooklyn was highlighted in an article in City Limits, which laid bare the problems faced by tenants in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods and the difficulties in getting aggressive enforcement of city regulations in small buildings where tenants are faced with unlivable conditions. MFY will be …

City Council Honors MFY Paralegal

City Council Member Margaret Chin presented a proclamation from the City Council to MFY Paralegal Fanny Chan in recognition of her tireless work over the past decade to help low-income residents of Chinatown with housing and public benefit issues. The presentation took place at a Lunar New Year celebration on February 29, 2016.

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